Top Astros Prospect Pulled From Start With Concerning Injury

A top Houston Astros pitching prospect was pulled from his start with a concerning injury.
A top Houston Astros pitching prospect was pulled from his start with a concerning injury. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The goal has always been for pitching prospect Forrest Whitley to be a contributor in the coming years for the Houston Astros. His 2022 minor league season has been full of bumps in the road, though. Whitley left his most recent start with what has been diagnosed as shoulder inflammation.

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Whitley only threw 20 pitches in 1.2 innings before exiting for the Triple-A Sugarland Skeeters on Sunday. He was in apparent pain while talking to the training staff and was seen clutching his triceps area. No further updates have been provided regarding the status of Houston's No. 4 prospect.

It's worth noting that Whitley has dealt with this kind of injury in his career before. He missed time with shoulder inflammation in 2019 and was sidelined for the entire 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery. Staying healthy has suddenly become the top priority for the 24-year-old hurler.

There's no denying that it hasn't been a great season for Whitley. The 2016 first-round pick is 0-1 on the year with a 7.15 ERA and 1.24 WHIP across five starts (11.1 innings). However, his fastball still reaches the upper 90s and his pitch arsenal includes four other pitches graded at plus or better.

Keep an eye on whether or not Whitley is forced to miss his next turn in the rotation for the Skeeters. That'll go a long way in determining the severity of his injury. For now, the Astros own the third-best odds to win the World Series at +550, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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